Thursday October 4, 2012

BRATTLEBORO -- The College Game Day crew of Desmond, Herby and Corso would call this a "trap game."

At the NFL level, they often refer to it as "looking ahead."

Call it what you will, but the 4-1 Bellows Falls football team will have to find a way to focus on winless North Country when they travel to Newport on Friday for a 7 p.m. game -- with a showdown against undefeated Lyndon just one week away.

The Terriers are expected to steamroll the Falcons, as running back Zach Rawling already has over 600 rushing yards and 11 touchdowns in just five games. He just gained 127 on the ground and reached the house three times in BF’s 42-14 rout of U-32.

And there can’t be much confidence in Newport, considering North Country (0-5) is coming off of a 46-0 loss to Lyndon.

You know there’s belief around here, though, after the Colonels earned their first victory of the season in Week 5. Brattleboro, which downed St. Johnsbury 12-7 in that Homecoming game, will play at Burlington on Friday at 7 p.m. The two teams have identical 1-4 records.

BUHS quarterback Tyler Higley fired a pair of TD strikes against the Hilltoppers to give the purple and white hope, including a 45-yarder to Andy Harris that was the difference. Elliot Gragen chipped in with 100 rushing yards and burner Noah Simeon had the team’s other touchdown reception.


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Burlington lost to Division 2 power Rice, 16-8, a week ago. The Seahorses were the first team to score on Rice’s defense this season, as Adam Poquette connected with Max Moreau for a 63-yarder and then reached paydirt on the next play via a short keeper.

In last week’s nailbiter, Dakota Euber ran for three scores and threw for another in Fair Haven’s 36-35 win over Burr and Burton. Jake Stalcup went 14-of-23 for 189 yards and three scoring strikes for the Bulldogs.

In a couple of Division 1 battles this week, Colchester (3-2) will play at Rutland (4-1) and BFA-St. Albans (4-1) will visit Middlebury (3-2). Rutland is on a high after surprising then undefeated Essex 29-22 in their latest, while St. Albans rode Doug Saffo’s 167 rushing yards past CVU in Week 5.

The Division 1 and Division 2 games this week are: Friday at 7 p.m. -- Colchester at Rutland, BFA-St. Albans at Middlebury, Brattleboro at Burlington, Spaulding at Essex, Bellows Falls at North Country, Milton at Fair Haven, Springfield (forfeit) at U-32. Saturday -- Hartford at St. Johnsbury, Burr and Burton at Lyndon, MAU at CVU, Otter Valley at Rice, Mount Mansfield at South Burlington,

Shane Covey can be reached at scovey@reformer.com or by calling 802-254-2311, ext. 163.